Saturday, October 23, 2021

Indian-American surgeon, Vivek Murthy could be chosen for Biden’s Corona taskforce

Immediately after President-elect Joe Biden’s win, an Indian American physician Dr Vivek Murthy is expected to co-chair the coronavirus task force which Joe Biden is going to announce on Monday.

43-year-old Dr Vivek  Murthy, who originally hails from Karnataka, was appointed America’s 19th Surgeon General by then-president Barack Obama in 2014.

Born in the UK, he was the youngest ever to hold the office at the age of 37. He was later asked to step down by the Trump administration.

Biden, in his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday night, said: “On Monday, I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as Transition Advisors to help take the Biden-Harris COVID plan and convert it into an action blueprint that starts on January 20th, 2021”.

The President-elect, however, did not announce who would lead that task force.

The Washington Post said that the task force would be co-chaired by Dr Vivek Murthy, the former Surgeon General, and David Kessler, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner.

“The task force… could begin meeting within days,” the daily said.
In his victory speech, Biden said that the plan will be built on a bedrock of science.

MUST READ  First debate: Joe Biden brands President Donald Trump a liar and tells him to "shut up"

“It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern. I will spare no effort – or commitment – to turn this pandemic around,” he said.

During the campaign period, Dr Vivek Murthy emerged as one of the top advisors of Biden on public health and coronavirus issues. Many believe that he might end up being the Health Secretary in the Biden administration.

In May, the Biden Campaign appointed congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Dr Vivek Murthy as co-chairs to the Healthcare Task Force.

At a fundraiser organised by Indian-Americans in September which was addressed by Biden, Dr Vivek Murthy had said that Biden is the kind of guy he would like to invite home for dinner.

“Joe Biden is the kind of guy I would love to bring home to have dinner with my mom and dad,” Dr Vivek Murthy had said in his opening remarks, adding that some homemade ‘Masala Dasa” would be served.
“He’s authentic. He’s real. And he says what he thinks and that”s something I really love about him… He says what”s on his mind. He”s honest and true,” he said.

MUST READ  Donald Trump's tax returns questionable, paid $750 only in 2016: Report
MUST READ  Apply for 2,280 posts open in various govt departments in Punjab

Biden, he said, is a man who generally meets with his values and those values are so reliably centred around generosity and community.

“It’s who he is,” Dr Vivek Murthy said.

At another fundraiser, Dr Vivek Murthy said that Biden’s recognition and appreciation for immigrants and for communities like Indian-Americans is forming an incredibly important part of the backbone of the United States of America.

“This is a moment for our country when leadership matters, when values matter. When we go to the voting booth, as we think about how to build support for the candidate that will best reflect our vision and our hopes and our dreams. Let’s lead with our values. And let’s vote for the person who understands us,” Dr Vivek Murthy said, firmly backing Biden.

Latest news

BTS leaves Sony Music for Universal, world’s biggest music label

South Korea's BTS has signed a new distribution and marketing deal with Universal Music Group, the world's biggest music label, dropping Sony Music's Columbia...

“Unjustified”: Aryan Khan says NCB officer misinterpreting whatsApp chats

Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, in his plea in the Bombay High Court seeking bail, has said the NCB was...

Ash Barty pulls out of remaining 2021 WTA season to focus on Aus Open 2022

Aussie tennis champion Ash Barty has officially decided to pull out of the remainder of the 2021 WTA season, including the $US14 million ($A19m)...

$25m community sport boost; NSW stresses on need to get global students back

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced a $25m boost for community sport - and said he wants students to be brought back to the...

Related news

MUST READ  Trump's path to victory narrows down as Biden inches closer to win; Trump vows legal challenge

BTS leaves Sony Music for Universal, world’s biggest music label

South Korea's BTS has signed a new distribution and marketing deal with Universal Music Group, the world's biggest music label, dropping Sony Music's Columbia...

“Unjustified”: Aryan Khan says NCB officer misinterpreting whatsApp chats

Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, in his plea in the Bombay High Court seeking bail, has said the NCB was...

Ash Barty pulls out of remaining 2021 WTA season to focus on Aus Open 2022

Aussie tennis champion Ash Barty has officially decided to pull out of the remainder of the 2021 WTA season, including the $US14 million ($A19m)...

$25m community sport boost; NSW stresses on need to get global students back

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced a $25m boost for community sport - and said he wants students to be brought back to the...

Eddie Obeid ordered to go to jail tomorrow morning to begin 7-yr sentence

Disgraced former Labor minister and convicted criminal Eddie Obeid has been ordered to go to prison to begin his sentence after being jailed over...

Postponed Eng vs India 5th Test will be held in July 2022, says ECB

The fifth Test match between England and India, which was earlier called off due to a Covid outbreak in the Indian camp, will now be played in July...

Actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shoots and kills cinematographer on film set

Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and wounded a director when he discharged a prop gun on a movie set in New...

CBSE replies after Punjab CM criticises move to keep Punjabi out of major subjects

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday clarified that all regional languages have been kept in the category of minor subjects for...